Lamborghini’s racing department has made just one example of this new roofless Lamborghini SC20 for a collector with very, very deep pockets
And just like that, the Lamborghini Diablo is 30 years old. Marcello Gandini got it so, so right, and later on for the facelift even Nissan headlamps couldn’t ruin it.
It appeared as the fastest car in the world in 1990 with a top speed of 325km/h, and for the first three years of production you couldn’t have any driving aids. You couldn’t even have power steering. A big V12, big tyres, and big balls, those were the makings of a Diablo.
Thirty years later Lamborghini has different ideas – you don’t get your kicks by locking up in the wet because there wasn’t any ABS until 1999. Things have moved on a bit, and you have to find access to pure driving thrills in creative ways. At Sant’Agata, they took a shortcut for the company’s latest one-off creation – the new Lamborghini SC20 simply has no roof.
This car is the second unique model from Lamborghini Squadra Corse after the 2018 SC18 Alston. The company’s motorsport department developed a carbon fibre body and racing-inspired aerodynamics since the SC20 is being pushed as a track car that’s merely road legal. Built for an anonymous customer, the commission was planned from the beginning as the owner’s ‘dream-car’ – in short, you’re looking at a multi-million dollar vehicle.
Lamborghini’s design boss Mitja Borkert found inspiration in a bunch of the company’s previous hits, looking chiefly at the Diablo VT Roadster, as well as the Aventador J, Veneno Roadster and Concept S. In any case he clearly didn’t pay any attention to the Miura because there isn’t a clean line anywhere on the SC20, it’s all rather busy with angles and creases.
The Bianco Fu body (white…) is contrasted by the Blu Cepheus (blue…) livery and a lot of naked carbon fibre. Just about everything you look at is carbon fibre including the dashboard, door panels, steering wheel, etc. Only the door handles were done in machined aluminium.
Lamborghini didn’t mess with the good bits and left this Aventador-based one-off alone with the company’s flagship V12 – the 6.5-litre engine delivers 770 horsepower and 720Nm of torque, putting it down to all four corners and some Pirelli tyres on staggered 20-inch and 21-inch wheels. The Diablo did it with eighteens. Just saying.